Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Felicity Ward – Irregardless at Underbelly, Bristo Square, reviewed by Jay Richardson
With her anxiety disorder and irrational fear of public spaces, Felicity Ward might seem a pretty unconventional comedian, and that’s before you throw in the Auto-Tune and looping technology she employs in her latest show. But while stand-up is a ridiculous job, the Australian maintains, she’s addicted to it – a junkie for being a dancing monkey.
Without the strong core concept of last year’s The Hedgehog Dilemma, she nevertheless continues to open up the many quirks of her life and personality, her pedantry with those who abuse the English language, her need to pop bubblewrap.
Notwithstanding the revelation of a health scare and her immensely funny and caustic dismissal of Mary Poppins, Ward’s infectiously waggish and inclusive humour creates an engaging atmosphere, so it’s little surprise that she can persuade a volunteer to get up and join her in a duet, their vocals smoothed by the trilling, robotic tuning app she’s downloaded to her phone.
She can’t quite match the consistency of last year’s brilliance but she ends on a suitably monkeying high.
Until 26 August. Today 10pm
More info: Felicity Ward – Irregardless is at Underbelly. Bristo Square
Originally published in The Scotsman